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Of Minstrelsy and Masks : the Legacy of Ezenwa-Ohaeto in Nigerian Writing

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Of Minstrelsy and Masks : the Legacy of Ezenwa-Ohaeto in Nigerian Writing.
ed.: Matzke, Christine ; Raji-Oyelade, Aderemi ; Davis, Geoffrey V.
Amsterdam : Rodopi , 2006 . - XII, 370 p. - (Matatu ; 33 )
ISBN 978-90-420-2168-6

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This collection is dedicated to a distinguished scholar and writer who for a quarter of a century wrote consistently on African literature and the arts and was a major voice in Nigerian literary circles. Ezenwa–Ohaeto made a mark in contemporary Nigerian poetry by committing pidgin to written form and, by so doing, introducing different creative patterns. He also saw himself as a ‘minstrel’, as someone who wanted to read, express and enact his work before an audience. First and foremost, however, Ezenwa–Ohaeto was someone who ‘un-masked’ ideas and meanings hidden in the folds of literary works and made them available to an international academic public. With his outstanding work on Chinua Achebe, he influenced the reception of African literary biography. His networks and connections were extensive and wide-ranging, and they are partly reflected in the essays, creative writing and personal notes assembled in this volume. In their various modes and expressions, the contributions included here constitute a tribute to Ezenwa–Ohaeto’s many talents and achievements. As an extension of Ezenwa–Ohaeto’s legacy, they expand on various aspects of minstrelsy and the un/masking of texts in a Nigerian and broader African context.
The book is divided into six sections. “In Memoriam” contains personal tributes by long-standing colleagues, mentors and friends. “Poetry and Fiction” collects the voices of three generations of Nigerian writing from the 1960s to the present day, followed by poetic and pictorial insights into the domestic and social life of the scholar and family man. Section Four comprises two interviews, while Sections Five and Six are devoted to critical evaluations of Ezenwa–Ohaeto’s work and to contemporary perspectives on Nigerian literature respectively.

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Item Type: Book / Monograph
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Professorship English Literature
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > African Studies
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 700 Arts and recreation
800 Literature > 820 English and Old English literatures
800 Literature > 890 Other literatures
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 07:18
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 07:18
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/36052